Green Tomato Chutney

Up until two years ago I watched in angst as the first frost of fall hit and took out all our green tomatoes.  We just didn’t know what to do with them so we’d let them sit on the vine and die in the freeze.  To make things worse we could never get our tomatoes to start ripening until mid to late August.  The first freeze can be as early as October 15th.  There were always plenty of green tomatoes. » » »

Homemade Ravioli

Last week I showed you all how I made my own ravioli press.  Molly’s childhood friend requested we share how we made the lobster ravioli  for Pistol’s birthday.  It only made sense!

Ravioli are one of those foods that are much cheaper to make at home than to buy from the store.  Plus there is no substitute for fresh, so unless you live near an Italian market this is the way to go.

First, you must start with the dough:

Ravioli dough

Ravioli dough

Getting the Cow

For the past few years we have a fall ritual of buying a cow. We have it butchered and split it with friends.  It’s not a new idea but it’s getting more and more popular.  Here in New Mexico finding a rancher that raises cattle is not difficult.  New Mexico is filled with wide open spaces with maybe not lush pasture grass but it’s grass.  (we grow scrappy cows around here)  The rancher we purchase our cow from is in Abiquiu, NM.  If we want we can go up in the spring and pick a calf.   They put it out to pasture on public land and let it grow.  In the fall they call and tell us the cow is ready.  Mike does the whole deal over the internet.  We don’t really want to get to know our cow.

Mike:  One year I decided to buy a live cow from a friend who had a small ranch.  I wanted to experience the entire process so I went up watched them kill the cow.  I helped skin, gut and quarter it.  I drove it back to Santa Fe.  The friend we were cow sharing with  talked the butcher (who he was acquainted with) into letting us help him cut up the cow.  We woke up at 3am (because I guess that’s when it is done), went to the butcher’s shop and cut it up.  It was a lot of work. » » »

Lemon Cupcakes

Today’s post is dedicated to Marla.  Marla is Niki’s (from Debt Free by Thirty) new Kitchen Aid mixer.  Here’s to some real good mixin’ girlfriend!!  

Stay tuned to the end of this post to find out who our giveaway winner is from last week!!

A few weeks back it was Pistol’s birthday.  Now we  have two 13 year olds in the home-YIKES!

Mike:  Talking about that one is about six posts worth of content.

She asked for a lemon cake with a whipped cream cheese icing for her birthday cake.

Molly: Yummy!  How did you get her steered onto the lemon flavor?

Mike:  Even though she’s a picky eater sometimes she responds to novelty.  I just took a shot and threw it out there. 

Molly:  Genius sweetie! » » »

How To Make Vanilla Extract

 It’s our first giveaway of the year!  To see how you  can win a bottle of Molly’s homemade vanilla extract see the bottom of the post!

Every year we make our gifts for friends and family.  In theory it’s a fantastic idea.  Come December our brains go on overdrive with what we want to accomplish.  I spent two weeks before the holidays practically chained to my sewing machine only getting up to stir a pot of soup or pull cookies out of the oven.  About half of our ideas make it out as an actual gift but what does make it feels pretty special and an accomplishment.  I know it’s a bit after the fact but I couldn’t post this before Christmas!  All my family would know what they were getting- work with me here!

Last year I really wanted to make vanilla extract for everyone.  I didn’t pull it off  in time so I figured I was way ahead of the game for this year.  This is a great gift for anytime of year.  My favorite part is that you can make a big batch of  vanilla, put it in the closet and pull one out whenever you need that quick gift. » » »

Molly’s Merry Martini

I may not be a Bond Girl but I sure can drink like one.  OK, that’s really not true.  I can’t drink more than a glass of wine or one margarita without feeling like a truck hit me the next day. With my Scott-Irish genetics you would think I’d be a better performer in the drinking arena.  I really love the taste of most alcohol and have a dream that one day I could drink like a fish without its ramifications.  Thanksgiving signals the start of martini season for me; a particular type of martini that screams holiday goodness.  It’s a recipe that I found online years ago called the Mayflower martini.  I’ve tweeked it for my own needs and taste.  I also renamed it:  Molly’s Merry Martini. » » »

Fast Fresh Salsa

This summer we had an abundance of tomatoes.  When we had the threat of our first freeze Mike and I spent the evening out in the cold, cold rain picking tomatoes.  Bags and bag and bags.  What to do, oh, what to do with all these tomatoes?!  We canned, stewed and diced them.  A meal did not go by without a few tomatoes in it.  In an act of tomato inspiration this super fresh salsa came to fruition. » » »

Makin’ Mayo

We have the results from last week’s GIVEAWAY!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  We picked our winners using Random.org.  

Congratulations to Chippygee and Average Joe!  You both win a dozen chocolate chip cookies from Momocakes (vegan and gluten free, of course!).  

Also a huge hug and a ginormous thank you to Leslie from Momocakes for being our sponsor!

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Making mayonnaise is simple and fast. The results are so worth it too. You’ll be surprised how tasty homemade mayonnaise is compared to store bought. Once I started making it I never looked back. There’s no actual cooking, you’re just making an emulsion of egg yolk and oil. There’s a lot of whisking involved so I like to get the girls to help me… » » »

Momocakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies & a GIVEAWAY!

This post is part of the  Hearth-n-Soul blog hop. Click on the badge to see all the other participants for this week’s blog hop!

Hearth-n-Soul Blog Hop

If you’ve been following us for the past couple months one thing should be clear by now…I like chocolate chip cookies.  Having finally found the perfect chocolate chip cookie, my next quest has been to find a gluten-free option.  I’ve found that when my joint pain gets annoying going gluten-free for 30 days helps reduce it.    We eat very little processed foods in our house so I turned to the recipe world out there. I’ve tried a few but didn’t love for the results.  Well, search and ye shall find.

Momocakes- vegan,gluten free and high altitude bakery

Leslie, the owner/founder of Momocakes is our first sponsor!!  We were talking about where we would place her ad and my idea of  a video with the two of us baking and I went for it:  would she be willing to share her amazing delicatible recipe for her gluten-free chocolate chip cookies?

Yes!  was her response.

Yippee!  was mine! » » »

Making Great Chicken Stock

Since we started raising meat chickens a couple years ago I’ve been roasting whole chickens on a regular basis.  At first I was just throwing the leftover bones away but I quickly realized that I needed to learn how to make chicken stock.  I had tried it once or twice before but it seemed like too big of an ordeal to bother with.  Once I had a steady supply of chicken bones and other leftovers it only made sense to use them.

Now I’m a complete convert.

Great chicken stock is the base for great cooking.  It’s as simple as that. » » »